Fire damage still being assessed: PIRSA

Fire damage still being assessed: PIRSA

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OFFICERS from PIRSA are still assessing the impact of agricultural losses in the aftermath of widespread fires during a severe and catastrophic day yesterday.

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OFFICERS from PIRSA are still assessing the impact of agricultural losses in the aftermath of widespread fires during a severe and catastrophic day yesterday.

Agricultural and Animal Services state controller Mehdi Doroudi said on-site assessments had begun at te Cudlee Creek fireground while initial assessments had been made on Kangaroo Island.

"At this stage we are still verifying reports of livestock, horticultural, viticultural and other relevant agricultural losses," he said.

"Given the number of fires and the fact Cudlee Creek and the KI fires at Menzies and Duncan are still active, it will take some time for us to obtain a full picture of the agricultural impacts of these fires.

"At this stage we are aware of some crop and agricultural infrastructure losses associated with the other fires."

Mr Doroudi said PIRSA officers were also working with teams from the RSPCA and SA Veterinary Emergency Management as part of the livestock assessment operations, while they were liaising with the horticulture and viticulture industries on ways they could be assisted.

A 24-hour hotline has been activated for any primary producer and animal owners seeking urgent assistance and information.

"We also have officers available to assist with assessments of injured and burnt livestock, including horses," he said.

"Livestock producers and owners requiring assistance with agistment and fodder supply, and landowners wishing to donate emergency fodder, are advised to contact Livestock SA on 0419 035 459."

More information is available at pir.sa.gov.au.

Contact the hotline on 1800 255 556.

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